Laws Passed by the Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas. Page: 50
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SEC. 4. Be it jurtlher acted, That the officer, in colm,riarnd
of the troops, on1 the Western and South-Western frontier,
is hereby anlhorize(d to suornmon a court-martial for the
trial of any, and all persons, who mray be arrested, under the
authority given by this act, which court-martial shall be composed
of five co-mmissioned officers, if there be so many u tender
the command of the superior officer of the frontier, but if there
shall not be so many commissioned officers, then the said
commanding officer, shall summon a sufficient number of'
privates, to compose the said court-martial which shall not
be less than six persons, who shall be sworn by the said
commanding officer, whose duty shall be to determine the
matters submitted to them, according to the testimony given,
touching the matter.
SEC. 5. Be it fJtuthr eialcttd, That those who are found
passing frno one country t t thc other, without such passports,
as is conterrplatedc by this act, but against whom no other offence
is proven, shall forfeit all the money and property in
their possession, wearingg u-ppar el excepted) and condemned
to retain i close confirclneit at the discretion of the courtnmartial,
;efioie vwthom tnhey .hall be1 tried; those whom any
treas osrte practices or desiOns ,against this Government can
be established, shall sutRir death.
SEc. 6. Be it fartler enacted, Tlat any person, or persons,
who shall sell or dispose of any ammunition, artns, or other
articles of war, to an enemy of this Republic, or to a Mexican
trader, shaltl be guilty of a misdemeanor, andt may, on conviction,
in the District Court, }be fined in a stum nodt less than
five hluli ce, nor imore th,;-tn otne thousand dollars, or irmprisoned
at thilt ,iiscretio:l of the Court, which, with all firfeitires,
un1ier tiihs act, shall be paidt into the Treasury of the
I;eC D U I) c G.
SEc. 7. 1e it Jfurther Cl naCtCed, That it shall be the duty of
the cormin:r;;nnl ' o oticer. on t~he said frontier, to have all sentences
of c:(-,:t '-ma tial, ullder the provisions of this act, carried
into e :' -c l n.
SEC. S.. _. ,t 'flrtier eceac'tcd, That the President of the
Republic mnay order such oti!er, and future regulations, or so
modifyr and restrict the powers, herein granted, as to him the
public interest may, from time to time, require.
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Texas (Republic). Eighth Congress. Laws Passed by the Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas., book, 1844; Main Street, Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45348/m1/50/?q=Mexican: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .